Welcome to womanhood, ladies! A group of transgender women sunbathing topless at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware over Memorial Day weekend drew the finger-wag of a lifeguard when they refused to cover their “surgically enhanced breasts.” Police were called over these tatas! The police chief says these women were not committing a crime, however, because the gals have boy parts down there and therefore cannot be charged with indecent exposure. Now some wackadoodle politician at Rehoboth Beach is considering a specific law to address such a problem. Really, let’s address the real problem here: were these gals wearing sunscreen or risking nipple melanoma? [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »
It’s hard to decide which of the 10 models in the new Givenchy ad campaign looks the coolest. Catherine McNeil’s hair has been dyed bright red, Malgosia Bela’s locks are pink and Mariacarla Boscono is about to engage in what we’re sure would be a hot makeup session with a fellow lady catwalker. Basically, there’s a lot going on. Perhaps the most interesting facet of the campaign, however, is Lea T., Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci’s longtime personal assistant and former fit model who’s also a transgender person. Tisci told WWD that Lea, formerly known as Leo, has “always been very feminine: super fragile, very aristocratic,” and she embodies the androgyny of Givenchy. Click through to see another ad from the campaign, then tell us what you think in the comments. [WWD] Keep reading »
Modelina has a shot from Rochambeau’s upcoming fall 2010 lookbook featuring model Natasa Vojnovic in a double-role. Here, she plays both woman and man in a scene in which she makes out with herself. That’s some serious self-lovin’. [Modelina] Keep reading »
Socio-political photographer Phillip Toledano’s new series, A New Kind of Beauty, seems to suggest that beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also in the hand of the scalpel-holder. The images — all of men and women who’ve undergone extreme plastic surgery in the pursuit of what they consider beautiful–are shot against a stark black backdrop and appear at once awkward and arresting. From men with breasts like we’ve never seen to lips Angelina would covet, there’s a certain dedication to perceived perfection that keeps us enthralled. Check out more after the jump and tell us: Is this beauty or butchery? [Refinery29]
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We were totally enthralled by the story of Thomas Beatie, the world’s first man to give birth. Our jaws dropped as we watched him on “Oprah” explaining the mechanics of his partial sex change and his pregnancy. And not only did he give birth to a healthy baby girl, but Thomas and his partner also went on to have a little boy. Well, it looks like Thomas is about to have some company. After the jump, everything you need to know about Scott Moore, the world’s second pregnant man. Keep reading »
There’s a certain amount of brouhaha amongst some evangelical Republicans over a minor presidential appointment in the Commerce Department. Amanda Simpson will perform a job for the public benefit that I can’t define. I’m pretty sure most of the American public doesn’t know what the Senior Technical Adviser for the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security does. But, because she’s transgender, it’s prompted an associate dean at the extremely conservative Liberty University to propel himself into the media’s light to proclaim that, “This isn’t like appointing an African-American in order to try to provide diversity and right some kind of discriminatory wrong. This is about political correctness.”
Absurdly stupid. Because, of course, it should be no issue at all, because people are people, and work ought to go to the person whose experience best merits it. And stupidity compounded because I’m unsure how obstinately self-blinded someone must be to believe that transgendered people don’t face deep prejudice. The prejudice is dumb, as it is at all times, but especially so when directed at a scattered group with no agenda other than to fit in and be left alone. But I guess there’s always a learning curve. I had one.
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As told to Lauren Gitlin.
It was always kind of under the surface, this idea that I wasn’t quite comfortable with my body. I remember looking at this book my parents gave me when I was 8 years old and I saw drawings of what men’s bodies were like and what women’s bodies were like, and how bodies changed through puberty. And I remember identifying more with male bodies, like that was the kind of body I wanted. Keep reading »
In the upcoming issue of Seventeen there’s a story about a young woman who discovered that her boyfriend was actually a female. While I think it’s cool that a traditional teen magazine like Seventeen is covering the existence of transgender teenagers, which wouldn’t have happened when I was reading the mag back in the day. But the story’s angle doesn’t do much to discourage negative attitudes towards teenagers who are struggling with their gender identity, and that’s a shame. Keep reading »